Psychology of Beautiful and Ugly Ones

Original title: Psychologie des beaux et des moches

Publication Date:

June 2020



Original language and publisher

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Worldwide excl. French

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Psychology of Beautiful and Ugly Ones

Original title: Psychologie des beaux et des moches


Reading the collective work coordinated by Jean-François Marmion, to whom we already owe the bestseller “Psychology of Stupidity”, has (re) plunged us into a terrible reality: better to look like Gisele Bündchen or to Brad Pitt than to a French Bulldog if you want to be rich, educated and well looked after. – ELLE

Getting the job of your dreams, making your colleagues laugh and succeeding in your career: what if everything was ultimately conditioned only by our beauty? In this collective work, Psychology of Beautiful and Ugly Ones (Éditions Sciences Humaines), Jean-François Marmion and his team come back to, among other things, one of the first grounds of discrimination experienced by job seekers: physical appearance – Welcome to the Jungle

Psychology of Beautiful and Ugly Ones is the title of this very serious work, edited by the journalist and psychologist Jean-François Marmion, which has just been published by Éditions Sciences Humaines. Where we recall some – nasty- ways of working in the professional world.- France Info, C’est mon boulot

“Inner beauty”, my eye!
“Cleopatra’s nose, if it had been shorter, the whole face of the Earth would have changed”, said Blaise Pascal. If your nose were different, or the colour of your eyes, or your measurements, it would upset your belly button. We may repeat ourselves that value does not wait for the number of kilos, that true beauty is that of the mind, but we know full well that, in our society of appearing tirelessly denounced by well-dressed intellectuals, our self esteem remains closely dependent on our appearance. In this book, our experts analyse ugliness and beauty in the couple, at work, throughout the social sphere, throughout history and across cultures. And they draw all the consequences, without hypocrisy. Put down the masks!

Edited by Jean-François Marmion, Psychologist and editor-in-chief of the journal Le Cercle Psy, editor of Psychology of Stupidity and Universal History of Stupidity.

Contributors: Jean-François Amadieu, Jean-Yves Baudouin, Christian Bromberger, Denis Bruna, Dominique Cardon, Anne Carol, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Peggy Chekroun, Jean-François Dortier, Jean-Louis Fischer, Agathe Guillot, Nathalie Heinich, Floriane Herrero, Ivan Jablonka, Jean-Claude Kaufmann, David Le Breton, Jean-Baptiste Légal, Pierre Lemarquis, Câline Majdalani, Danielle Moyse, Jean- Baptiste de Panafieu, Xavier Pommereau, Isabelle Queval, Romina Rinaldi, Claudine Sagaert, Isabelle Sarfati, Guy Tiberghien, Georges Vigarello.

Table of contents

  1. The tyranny of beauty, Jean-François Dortier
  2. Stereotypes of beauty, Jean-Baptiste Légal and Peggy Chekroun
  3. Face, oh beautiful face, Jean-Yves Baudouin and Guy Tiberghien
  4. Slimness at all costs, Jean-Claude Kaufmann (interview)
  5. The social codes of hair, Christian Bromberger
  6. Staging on social networks, Bertrand Naivin
  7. Transformations of the body during adolescence, Xavier Pommereau (interview)
  8. History of female ugliness, Claudine Sagaert
  9. Beauty in the couple, Lubomir Lamy
  10. Beauty and ugliness at work, Jean-François Amadieu
  11. Fashion through history, Frédéric Godart (interview)
  12. Roaring Twenties, the body metamorphosed, Georges Vigarello
  13. Anthropology of the body, David Le Breton
  14. The moralized body, Isabelle Queval (interview)
  15. Beauty and ugliness. Approach to discrimination law, Jimmy Charruau
  16. Body and disability, Danielle Moys
  17. The monstrous appearance, Anne Carol
  18. Dysmorphophobia, Câline Majdalani
  19. The greatness and misery of plastic surgery, Agathe Guillot
  20. Body art, Floriane Ferrero
  21. History of tattooing, Agathe Guillot
  22. Ugliness and beauty in animals, Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu
  23. Natural and artistic beauty, Frédéric Monneyron
  24. Art is the source of humanity, Jean-Pierre Changeux (interview)
  25. Why art transports us, Pierre Lemarquis
  26. Stendhal syndrome, Romina Rinaldi
  27. Sociology of the values of beauty, Natalie Heinich

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